Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogCLON COULIS (Pontefract, 3.15) won this race last year in a very strong time and returns to defend her Pipalong Stakes crown following a most promising performance at Ascot last time.

The filly took this contest apart in 2018, keeping on very strongly after a slow start, not to be caught and beating the warm favourite Promising Run by nearly three lengths. She made it a brace of victories 20 days later by taking Ascot’s Valiant Stakes narrowly and that after veering badly left close home.

Clon Coulis loves to finish fast from way off the pace but it didn’t quite come off last time when unlucky to be touched off in the Royal Hunt Cup. Trouble in running cost her dear but she flew home once clear and almost snatched victory in the valuable handicap.

It was a brave performance and a nose separated her from glory. Granted better fortune, she can bounce back at a track that suits here style of running.

Clon Coulis 2pt win @ 15-8

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OWER FLY (Pontefract, 3.45) is another to have been successful 12 months ago with a powerful finish but his form tailed off in decent handicaps after and he hasn’t shown much this year.

It is perhaps significant that connections have undertaken a wind operation and kept him fresh for a repeat bid today from a 5lb lower mark.

Ower Fly 1pt ew @ 7-1

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QUOTELINE DIRECT (Pontefract, 5.15) - like the above pair - is another seeking repeat victory and was quietly fancied to make a mark in a well-contested course and distance lady amateur riders’ event last time but was completely undone by traffic problems behind Edgar Allan Poe.

He could find the tempo of this race more favourable and may gain compensation this afternoon.

Quoteline Direct 1/2pt ew @ 4-1

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